Eyewitness ID Study Begins Monday

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet Monday at 1:00 p.m. in room 511-A for an interim study examining problems with eyewitness identification and how to improve policies and practices.

Senator David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, requested the study.

Holt said eyewitness misidentification is a leading contributing factor to wrongful convictions nationally and in Oklahoma.  In 2013 the Oklahoma Justice Commission, a group of law enforcement, attorneys, judges, victim advocates and other criminal justice stakeholders recommended statewide adoption of a set of best practices to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications.  These best practices have been uniformly adopted in 18 states and hundreds of jurisdictions.

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